September 23, 2021

ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees (Baseball Essential)

The New York Yankees (103-59) and Minnesota Twins (101-61) will square off against one another in the American League Division Series. The Yankees won the season series with the Twins, 4-2, including a dramatic, come-from-behind 14-12 win over the Twins at Target Field back in late July, which ended with Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks making a sprawling grab in left-center field to save a potential bases-clearing double.

These two teams are familiar foes when it comes to playoff baseball, as they’ve met five times in the postseason since 2003. New York has won all five series, with a 13-2 playoff record against the Twins. This year’s series will simply be power versus power. Minnesota edged out the Yankees, hitting an all-time Major League Baseball record 307 home runs, while New York slugged .306.

The Yankees and Twins have players from the top to bottom of their orders that can really swing the bat, so it’s going to be interesting to see which pitching staff will be able to slow the bats down enough to win this series. The Yankees have won 10 straight playoff contests against the Twins, but this Minnesota team is a whole different animal than past years, and they…

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